Posts Tagged ‘Tony Bennett’

Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett On HSN?

August 23, 2014

Lady Gaga, one of our favs, and music legend Tony Bennett have teamed up and sung together in the past. They have a mutual admiration society. And they have collaborated on a new album, “Cheek to Cheek.”

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HSN is getting a piece of this action. The network posted on Facebook and its website that it will be offering viewers a behind-the-scene look at Gaga’s and Bennett’s new album on Sept. 13 and Sept. 14.

From that description, it doesn’t sound like there will be an live performances, just sales of the CD.

Lady Gaga, by the way, is an HSN viewer. She once talked on Facebook about using her My Little Steamer.

Tony Bennett, After Duets With Lady Gaga And Amy Winehouse, Is Coming To HSN Sept. 10

August 24, 2011

Tony Bennett doing a duet with Lady Gaga, as well as with the late Amy Winehouse? We’ll explain.

HSN CEO Mindy Grossman had mentioned during the home shopping channel’s second-quarter earning call that Bennett was coming to St. Petersburg, Fla. But we were so busy last week we missed the official press release.

Bennett will perform live on HSN Sept. 10 to celebrate his 85th birthday and hawk an “exclusive” collection of his greatest hits “with Music’s Biggest Stars including: Michael Buble, Sheryl Crow, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, Josh Groban, Queen Latifah, John Mayer, Carrie Underwood and many more,” the HSN press release said.

Crooner Bennett, will appear on HSN for a one-hour multi-platform concert at 7 p.m. to launch his latest CD, DUETS II.

“Bennett fans can also go to http://www.hsn.com, keyword: Tony Bennett to send birthday well wishes to Tony and view special content and videos leading up to his HSN debut,” according to the home shopping network.

Bennett’s new 17-song compilation includes hit songs featuring today’s hot artists. with the duets including, “The Way You Look Tonight” with Faith Hill; “The Lady is a Tramp” with Lady Gaga; “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” with Michael Buble; “It Had To Be You” with Carrie Underwood and “Stranger in Paradise” with Andrea Bocelli.

The other musicians joining Bennett on the CD include Mariah Carey, Natalie Cole, Sheryl Crow, Aretha Franklin, Josh Groban, Norah Jones, Lady Gaga, k.d.lang, Willie Nelson, Queen Latifah, Alejandro Sanz and Winehouse.

“HSN is continuing to keep HSN current and relevant while entertaining our customers is a core component of our entertainment strategy,” HSN senior vice president of merchandising Sandy Conrad said in a canned statement. “Welcoming Tony Bennett for the launch of his new Duets II CD collection gives us the chance to provide our customers an exclusive opportunity to connect with one of the world’s greatest talents.”

There’s no doubt that Bennett is a legend. He has won 15 Grammy Awards including the Grammy Lifetime Award.

HSN customers will have the opportunity to order a special exclusive 2-disk bundle that will include Duets II and a bonus disk which will be available on-air at HSN, through hsn.com and via HSN Mobile for $14.95.

Here’s the boilerplate on Bennett:

Entering his seventh decade as a recording artist with over 100 albums and 15 Grammy Awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Bennett has earned his legendary status many times over. He remains the Columbia recording artist with the greatest longevity at the label.

In 2006 his DUETS CD was released in honor of his 80th birthday and became the singer’s best selling CD to date garnering three Grammy Awards and platinum sales. His 2007 prime-time special, “Tony Bennett: An American Classic,” won seven Emmy Awards. A visual artist as well, three of his original paintings are part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian. He has published three books – his autobiography, “The Good Life” and two books of his paintings, “Tony Bennett: What My Heart Has Seen,” and “Tony Bennett In the Studio; A Life of Art and Music.”

His humanitarian efforts are renowned and the United Nations honored him with their Humanitarian Award in 2007Bennett founded, in association with the Department of Education in New York City, the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts – a public arts high school in his hometown of Astoria, Queens. With his wife Susan, he established Exploring the Arts, a charitable organization that supports arts education in NYC public high schools.

HSN Goes To London, Queen Latifah And Tony Bennett In The House

August 9, 2011

We finally found time to listen to HSN’s second-quarter earnings call from last week, and CEO Mindy Grossman offered a few tasty tidbits.

First of all, HSN will have its second destination event, this time going across the pond, as they say. The No. 2 home shopping network will be traveling to London to televise its shows, with vendors such as Twiggy, who does a clothing and accessory line, as part of the picture.

We believe the first destination event was last year’s birthday celebration in Vegas.

HSN will also continue its live concert series, this time with singing legend Tony Bennett. HSN will celebrate Bennett’s 85th birthday with a live performance by the songmeister, and the sale of his new CD.

And one of our favorites, Queen Latifah, will be debuting her new apparel line, for larger gals, this month.

Grossman also noted that the No. 2 home shopping channel had kicked off the third quarter with a bang, with Jennifer Lopez on the air to hawk her new perfume. This was immediately before Lopez announced her shocking split with Marc Anthony.

Diva Mariah Carey’s apparel line also premiered, and Grossman didn’t mention how Carey’s appearance was considered so wacky that it went viral.

Wall Street analysts asked Grossman about its jewelry business, since jewelry is a category whose sales have taken a huge hit during the recession.

“We feel good about our jewelry business,” Grossman said, adding that the product mix had been adjusted.

HSN’s has expanded its array of bronze-based metals, as we just saw this weekend with Studio Barse, because of the high cost of precious metals such as sterling and gold.

“We don’t have a very heavily entrenched gold business,” Grossman said. “If you look at our jewelry portfolio, it is incredibly diverse.”

HSN’s fashion jewelry business has increased, and Carol Brodie’s Rarities line of fine jewelry has performed well, according to Grossman.

“We’re feeling positive on the jewelry side,” she said.